Back in the cafeteria, Jack with Joey goes into a very lame-ass thing where he pretends the cafeteria is a fancy restaurant, and describes all the food fancy-waiter style. Whatever. He asks what Joey's doing that night, and she says the usual, then goes into a similar patter about her driver, and a massage, and dinner aboard her yacht, blah blah blah fishcakes. He says he can get them reservations at "William's," then clarifies that he means that hot dog vendor Billy down at some wharf. Joey: "You mean like a date?" Jack: "More like a dat." Oh man. I really can't go on with this; it's just too asinine, but basically a dat is like a date without the pressure and fishcakes. Jack: "The only requirement is that we have a great time. Oh, and don't worry, 'cause I checked out the lunar calendar. No full moon for weeks." Joey laughs and says okay and goes away. I go lie down, because both of them are so very tiresome.
Jack sits down with Andie and Pacey and tells Andie that he has a date with Joey. Andie says, "That's great!" Pacey looks uncomfortable. Andie says, "What?" Jack tells Pacey he's sorry, and that he knows Dawson is a friend of his. Pacey says it's okay, and that Jack should leave Pacey out of it. Jack says he knows it's his "night with mom --" and Andie says it's okay because she has to study anyway. Pacey corrects her and says, "We have to stay in and study." Andie tells Jack that "Mom" is the responsibility of both of them and that "with this new medication she's on, she's doing so much better." Jack says, "Andie, come on. Mom pulled another Sybil last week. Let's be honest with each other." Andie shrugs him off, saying he should go out with Joey: "Everything's under control. I've got it all under control." I will say right now that Andie will probably be revealed at some point to have deep control issues and that possibly her very perky demeanour and scholastic over-achievement are the result of a speed addiction. You heard it here first.
Then we're at Bessie's Bastard Barn where Joey is putting a cardigan on over a plaid spaghetti-strapped top as she hears a knock at the door and sees it's Dawson. She asks what he's doing there. He gives her half the prize money and tells her she can use it for art classes. She says she can't accept it because it's for his movie. He says he wants her to have it. She looks suspicious. He says, "Joey, my intentions here are honourable. I'm not asking for anything in return. Except that you be happy." Joey admits that she could use the money, and thanks him. Dawson says, "I believe in you, Joey. I always have." She smiles and thanks him and bites her lip nervously, no doubt painfully aware that EVEN NOW Jack is on his way over. Dawson picks up on it, apparently, because he asks, "Are you going somewhere?" Joey says, "Oh no, just hanging out with a friend." Seems odd that, having known each other for...ever, she wouldn't just identify the friend by name, since what friend does she have that Dawson wouldn't know about? Dawson says, "Oh, okay," almost under his breath, as if checking that on some internal list, and then says at normal volume, "So I'll, um, I guess I'll see you around," and starts to leave, but Joey immediately calls him back and says not "That friend is Jack, just so you know and so that you're not weird about it later," but "You think things could get back to normal between us, and we could just be friends again?" Dawson says, "I'd like that, yeah." Joey says, "Okay." Dawson starts to go again, but Joey adds, "And, um, you know, whatever kind of movie you decide to make, I know it will be great." Dawson answers, "I'm thinking of doing a love story. You know, boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back," like, yes, we are aware of what comprises a love story, dillweed. Joey breathes, "Dawson..." He says, "You know me; I'm a sucker for happy endings." They gaze awkwardly at each other for a second, then Joey indicates the cheque and says, "Well, thank you," like, "We're done here; go away now," and Dawson turns, smiling, only to see Jack coming around the corner looking warily in Dawson's direction. Dawson stomps down the stairs and gets right in Jack's face. Jack says hey. Dawson glares, and says hey back. Joey closes her eyes, apparently in regret. Then Jack comes up onto the porch and he and Joey exchange heys. Joey invites him in, then watches as Dawson stomps down to his boat in the creek.